Bipartisan Support for Dependent Care Expenses Bill

(Apr. 23) – The House passed Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Rep. Kyle Mullica’s bill to reimburse political candidates for child care costs assumed during the course of their campaign for public office.

“This is an important bill that allows the use of campaign funds for child or dependent care by a candidate for public office,” said Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver. “Mothers and fathers should be able to run for office and not have to worry about how they are going to pay for child care or care for their loved ones. This could help more hardworking people participate in public service and benefit our democracy as a whole.”

Utah and New York have passed similar legislation.

“We don’t want it to be a hindrance for a parent from running for office. We want diverse perspectives to be represented in this body and public office and this bill will help with that,” said Rep. Mullica, D-Northglenn. “Running for office as father, I saw this struggle first hand. This is a transparent and commonsense step.”

SB19-229 would allow a candidate committee to spend money received during the campaign to reimburse a candidate who spent necessary funds caring for their children while on the campaign trail. The funds being reimbursed must have been directly connected to campaign activities. Campaign expenses linked to dependent care must be disclosed by a candidate committee along with their other expenditures.

The bill passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 43-21 with Republican Reps. Shane Sandridge and Dave Williams joining Democrats in support of the bill. It now goes to the Governor.

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